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A new law is under consideration in the State Assembly that would allow for publicly financed political campaigns in New York State.

Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said under the law candidates running for state office would be allowed to receive matching contributions of six dollars for every one dollar raised on contributions up to 250 dollars. 

Candidates receiving public matching dollars would also be required to participate in at least one debate before the general election.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said he already doesn't like the idea of publicly financed campaigns. He said because he feels taxpayers would be forced to support candidates they may not agree with.

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